Be Very Alert! No 243

Be Very Alert!- By Val Hollard (NZ)

On Watch at the Door                                                                  No 243, June 19, 2017

THE NEW BABYLONIANS ARE COMING! – Read Habakkuk

The prophets of the Old Testament wrote for three time frames: the near future, the first coming of Jesus Christ and His second coming. The prophet Habakkuk is no exception. In the near future Babylon would come against Jerusalem and at the first coming of Jesus Christ the Roman legions destroyed the Temple and invaded Jerusalem. According to Habakkuk it is God who is bringing on these disasters as a judgment against wayward Israel.

I wrote about Habakkuk chapter 1 in 2012 and could clearly see how the final fulfilment was falling into place with the build-up of Muslim armies around Israel. Now five years later it is clear that the final fulfilment of Habakkuk’s prophecy involves the whole earth. God is bringing on Muslims as a judgment against nations where the church is full of apostasy and the laws of the land are no longer aligned with God’s laws. Habakkuk describes exactly what is happening today. Examples:

Violence! (1:2) Violence is mentioned three times in chapter 1. After 20 years of unchecked Muslim immigration, the UK is now home to 23,000+ Islamic terrorists. In the four European countries most targeted by terror attacks, Britain, France, Belgium and Germany, the number of official extremists has reached 66,000. That sounds like a real army on active duty!

Violent jihad attacks are increasing and major recent ones in England have been Westminster Bridge, Manchester and London Bridge. Other attacks have occurred elsewhere, including in our near neighbour Australia.

Swedish intelligence deemed a man too dangerous to stay in Sweden, so the immigration authorities sought to have him deported to Syria. They did not succeed: the law does not permit his deportation to Syria as he risks being arrested or executed there. Instead, he was released and is freely walking around in Malmö.

Injustice. (1.4) The law is paralysed and justice never prevails; The wicked hem in the righteous. In Minnesota, Muslims were arrested with guns and bomb-making materials but only got light charges. A 70-year-old Swedish woman in Dalarna is being prosecuted for hate speech after claiming on Facebook she saw migrants defecating in the streets and setting fire to cars.

Angela Merkel declares Islam is not the source of terrorism, but the Christians who make Muslims feel angry because of Islamophobia. Her speech has shocked the German people. She believes Europe must take more Muslim refugees because Islam is a peaceful religion. The growing number of Muslims in Germany represents not a threat but a learning opportunity, said Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, discussing Islam in the wake of the Manchester attack.

In Germany there has been an upsurge in stabbings and knife crimes. Germany’s knife-crime problem is being exacerbated by its lenient judicial system, in which offenders receive relatively light sentences, even for serious crimes. In many instances, individuals who are arrested for knife-related crimes are released after questioning from police. This practice allows criminal suspects to continue committing crimes with virtual impunity. More than 1,600 knife-related crimes were reported in Germany during just the first five months of 2017 — an average of 300 such crimes each month.

In France, a deliberate side-effect of Macron’s policies will be population change. Macron wants Islam to have more room in France. Like many European leaders, Emmanuel Macron seems convinced that the remedy for the demographic deficit and the aging of ethnic European populations is more immigration.

Muslim atrocities against women in Europe are becoming commonplace. In the name of human rights, inclusion, diversity and equality, “enlightened” activists and judicial authorities are apologizing for and excusing Muslim criminals for behaviour that would not be tolerated from anyone else. The Court rulings are an open call to Muslim men in Europe to rape women, children, anyone they like.

In the US, defence lawyers plan to argue that religious freedom is at the core of the case in which two physicians and one of their wives are charged with subjecting young girls to genital mutilation.

The dhimmitude and danger to Western freedoms continues; Facebook is facilitating the Islamic supremacist ambitions to subjugate the West and destroy freedom of speech. Even ex-Muslims, deemed apostates and worthy of death, are being ganged up on by Facebook. Facebook apparently thinks it’s “Islamophobic” to criticize Islam. Ex-Muslims have slammed Facebook for ‘censoring pages that disrespect Islam’ as their pages are shut down.

Ruthless and impetuous people who sweep (march) across the whole earth and seize dwelling places that are not their own. (1:6) You will recall the TV images of 2015 when hordes of Muslim males marched across Europe to Germany. Germany began confiscating commercial buildings as homes to use for migrants but is now confiscating empty houses too. Hamburg authorities have confiscated six residential units in the Hamm district. A trustee appointed by the city is now renovating the properties and will rent them, against the will of the owner, to tenants chosen by the city. Homes, boarding houses and the like have been taken over for Muslim accommodation in many other places, including in Sweden.

They are a feared and dreaded people. (1:7) In Italy, fear of a jihad terror attack set off a stampede which injured 1500. “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.”(Qur’an 8:12) With the ever-increasing number of jihad attacks in Western countries, terror is being struck into the hearts of their citizens. Jihad attacks create screaming, panicking and pandemonium. In some places in the West women are now too frightened to go out on the streets alone. There are fears for grandchildren who are going to grow up into an increasingly violent world.

They are a law to themselves and promote their own honour. (1:7) Muslims, even moderate Muslims, want their own law, Sharia. The Australian Federal Police investigated 69 incidents of forced or under-age marriage in the 2015-16 financial year, up from 33 the previous year. While there are no official numbers, it is estimated that there are 83,000 women and girls in Australia who may have been subjected to female genital mutilation. In Italy, a newspaper editor has been charged with having “publicly injured the Islam religion.”

As Habakkuk peers into the future from his watchtower, God tells him that the revelation speaks of the end, though it linger it will certainly come. (Hab 2:1-3) It is happening now and there is nothing we can do to stop it! Now that it has started happening it will come fast. It is very hard to see how this prophecy can be anything but the rapid spread of Islam we are seeing now.

Leaders in many Western nations are in total denial of what is happening in their countries, including Church leaders. People in the entertainment industry are also in denial, blinded by God. In the wake of the Manchester terror attack singer Katy Perry said the way to solve the problem of terror is to open our countries’ borders even wider to everybody, absolutely everybody, and to just love one another!

Like Daniel, Habakkuk finds what he is seeing as very frightening. (Hab 3:16) What we are seeing now is just the beginning of this Islamic invasion which God is allowing as a judgment and there are certainly far worse times to come.

So what should we do? God reminds us that the just shall live by faith. (Hab 2:4) The apostle Paul takes this up again in Romans (1:17) and Galatians (3:11). We are to have faith in the completed work of Jesus on the Cross when He died to make atonement for all our sins, every single one of them. There is absolutely nothing we can do to save ourselves. “… not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Eph 2:9) Our response should be to repent and submit our full lives to Him and allow Him to use us for His glory. And in these last days there is plenty of work needing to be done.

With the spread of Muslims into the West, they have become much more accessible for evangelism. However, with a weak apathetic church there are few Christians who are equipped and willing to evangelise Muslims.

God has provided us with all we need to prepare ourselves for what is coming.

 

When trials come: “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.” ( Hab 3:17-19)

 

IN BRIEF

  • A high school girl who is a track star lost her usual first place spot to a boy who “identifies” as a girl in an opposing team. The “boy” had not taken any steps to transition to a girl. Many questions are being asked about fairness.

 

  • The Mail on Sunday has reported that the Church of England vote on offering ‘baptism’ for transgender people to mark their new identity has been scheduled for July, after a motion putting the controversial issue up for a vote moved forward. Liberal voices within the Church have argued that vicars have had to carry out unofficial services to welcome and accommodate transgender Christians, and have called on the community to embrace those who identify as such.

 

  • The Scottish Episcopal Church has forged ahead to become the first UK Anglican church to legalise gay marriage in a historic move that sets it on a collision course with other Anglican churches around the world. Gay couples in Scotland can expect to wed in churches by the end of the year, with a ‘conscience clause’ meaning no priest will be forced to celebrate LGBT weddings if they do not want to.

 

  • The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, UNRWA, has recycled an image of a Syrian girl standing in bombed-out Damascus and now claims that she is the Gazan victim of Israeli oppression. UNRWA is using it in a fundraising campaign. It shows how dishonest they are.

 

  • The Jerusalem municipality’s eastern Jerusalem experts have revealed that Turkey has been competing with Jordan over influence among Arab residents as well as over control of the Temple Mount. They also revealed that Turkey has begun pouring millions of dollars into non-governmental organizations in eastern Jerusalem, in order to strengthen Ankara’s status among the Arab residents, at the expense of Jordan and Israel.

 

  • In the US, Democrats are hoping to capitalize on the anti-Trump excitement in their base by staging a coordinated ‘Summer of Resistance’ across the country that is aimed at countering the agenda of President Trump.

 

  • Israel and New Zealand have ended the diplomatic crisis that began in December when New Zealand co-sponsored an anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution. Israel will return an ambassador to New Zealand.

 

  • Muslims are taking control of America by first establishing mosques in every town and city. There, not only indoctrination takes place, but also future terrorists are made to read and understand the principles of jihad and martyrdom. Mosque elders come from Muslim nations with one purpose in mind: make Sharia Law the supreme rule within the US.

 

  • A Catholic Cardinal and former Archbishop of Washington, DC, Theodore McCarrick, has declared that Mohammed is a true prophet of God.

 

EXTRA ITEMS:

After the Middle East, will Islamists uproot Christians in Europe?
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10455/islamists-uproot-christians

Accept Islamic Terror as the New Normal?
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10474/islamic-terror-new-normal

How to find a Bible-Believing church – by Lighthouse Trails
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=22627

 

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Be Very Alert! No 242

Be Very Alert!- By Val Hollard (NZ)

On Watch at the Door                                                                 No 242, June 5, 2017

THE PEACE OF MAN OR THE PEACE OF GOD

With increasing terror attacks, as the one in Manchester, there is a great desire for an enduring peace on this earth. Current efforts for global peace are likely to lead to the acceptance of Antichrist and his peace plan.

Many Christian leaders are ignoring prophecy and seeking peace now, without the return of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Unity is often sought with people or faiths that the Bible says we should not have unity with. God does offer peace now to individuals who believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as their Lord and Saviour, but in the world there will be no peace, only judgment. The peace of God transcends anything the world has to offer.

I feel sorry for people like Donald Trump who genuinely desire peace with Muslims and among different groups of Muslims now. However, his advisers have obviously not educated him about the nature of Islam.

At the recent assembly of over 50 Muslims, King Salman of Saudi Arabia spoke first, calling Islam a religion of peace and tolerance and slamming the Iranian regime as the “spearhead” of global extremism. Is Islam really a “religion of peace and tolerance”? The Qur’an sanctions the practice of lying to non-Muslims (taqiyya) in order to further their political goals, namely world conquest. The aim of Islam is to bring the whole world under Sharia control, by whatever means possible.

In his speech to Muslim leaders Trump said, “Our vision is one of peace, security, and prosperity – in this region, and in the world.” Arabs have been fighting each other for centuries, just as the Bible tells us. “The angel of the Lord also said to her (Hagar): “You are now with child and you will have a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord heard of your misery. He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”” (Gen 16:11-12)

There is nothing Trump can do to bring peace in the Middle East before our Lord returns. Making billions of dollars available for arms purchases and defence to boost up Saudi Arabia could backfire terribly. Israeli ministers are troubled by the $110 billion US-Saudi arms deal. And opening a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Saudi Arabia will not get rid of Islamic extremism anywhere, not in the Middle East or anywhere else. For one thing, Islamic extremism has possibly already spread to every country on the earth.

Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country that operates under Sharia Law. The rights of women are severely restricted, Christianity is banned and inhumane punishment is conducted. Trump seems to be totally unaware of Saudi funding of fundamental Wahhabism and Salafism terrorism in the West. Adherents to Wahhabism, the official creed of the Saudi dynasty, observe literalism and strict observance of Muslim rituals. Osama bin Laden came from Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia was the principal financier of the 9/11 attacks. Saudi Arabia has financed the building of many mosques in the West which promote extremism.

Trump said that there should be unity in pursuing the goal of conquering extremism and vanquishing the forces of terror. Unfortunately the battle is already lost in some Western countries. It is lost in Britain, France and most of Europe, Canada is losing rapidly and that is even true in the US. Islam is a judgment on the backslidden churches and governments in the West.

There is no understanding of Islam and the Qur’an and hadith by virtually all Western leaders. Offensive war is taught and those who die in jihad are guaranteed life in heaven with dozens of perpetual virgins. The only way to stop Islamic terrorism is to ban Islam and mosques and to burn all copies of the Qur’an, hadith and all Islamic literature! Something hardly likely to happen in this age of religious tolerance, especially of Islam!

Trump appears to be confused about God and speaks of God as if He is the same God as the god of Islam, Allah. He also believes that if the three Abrahamic faiths can join together in cooperation, then peace in this world is possible, including peace between Israelis and Palestinians. He stresses, “UNITED WE WILL NOT FAIL.”

This is not God’s peace plan which is with individuals who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and follow Him. Christians are not instructed to unite together with other faiths to bring peace to this world, but to tell Muslims and all other non-believers the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Later, Trump visited the Vatican where he met with the pope who presented him with a medallion engraved with an olive tree, the international symbol of peace. “I give it to you so you can be an instrument of peace,” the pope said in Spanish. “We can use peace,” Trump replied. Afterwards he tweeted, “I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world.

I hope that those with insight would take Trump aside and explain to him the true nature of Islam, lead him through God’s Word and show him that a false peace will come. There is never going to be peace in our time, though many will seek it.

Ben Shapiro commenting on Trump’s speech to over 50 Muslim leaders and Jacob Prasch on the Manchester tragedy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx3tc0GdgPo

Full text of Trump’s Saudi speech
https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/05/full-text-of-trumps-saudi-speech-drive-them-out-of-your-places-of-worship

 

AFTER MANCHESTER – THE BLINDNESS AND DECEIT OF THE WORLD

The Islamic terrorist attack in Manchester where 22 people were killed and dozens more injured, including children, has drawn some peculiar, but not unexpected, statements from various people. The mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham says the jihad mass murderer was “not a Muslim.” However, his friends described him as a “devout” Muslim who has memorized the entire Qur’an. Everyone is supposed to believe that Islam is a religion of peace.

Mohammed Shafiq is the Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, which claims to be dedicated to combating “extremism,” is blaming the UK government for the massacre. There is some truth in that! The UK government has made the mistake of allowing far too many Muslims into the country and pandering to them. The Muslim mayor of London Mayor Sadiq Khan is on record as saying terrorism is “part and parcel” of urban life. Counter-terrorism police in the UK make on average an arrest every day in connection with suspected terrorism.

Western countries would rather accept a certain level of terrorism than confront it head on. Europe has fallen into denial about the threat Islamic terrorism poses. In Germany, Merkel responded with “grief and horror” and found it “incomprehensible” but says that “Islam is not the source of terrorism” but the Christians who make Muslims feel angry because of “Islamophobia.” She would like to see more Muslims welcomed into Europe.

When Muslims murder non-Muslims in the name of Islam and in accordance with its teachings, they act as if Muslims are the victims and are concerned about an “anti-Islamic backlash.” They did the same after 9/11, drawing much sympathy.

 

NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION (NAR), DOMINIONISM AND WORD/FAITH

On the 22nd April, Angus Buchan (of Faith like Potatoes) called for a national day of prayer at Bloemfontein in South Africa and an estimated 1.7 million people turned up. Buchan teaches that Jesus gained victory in the Garden of Gethsemane, not at the Cross. He says it is because Jesus made a decision there. The crowd was told it is time for them to make a decision too so that the whole country can be saved. The decision was “Not my will but Thy will be done.” He quoted from Isaiah 66, “Can a nation be born in a day,” which applies only to Israel, and used it for South Africa. Buchan says that once you make that decision your marriage will be restored, your health will be restored, even the whole nation can be saved.

Various teachings by NAR and others, who believe that the church is to take back dominion and then Jesus will return, are now a major concern. A favourite text of theirs is 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” This verse applies solely to Israel, not to nations or the church. God has sanctioned only one culture and nation, Israel. God has called people out of their cultures and nations to be “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God.” (1 Pet 2:9) We are grafted into Israel’s roots as adopted sons and daughters. Our citizenship is in heaven not on earth. (Phil 3:20)

Our task is to reach as many people as we can in all cultures and nations and tell them the good news that they can become citizens of a heavenly country which is far better than any country on this earth. (Heb 11:16)

 

IN BRIEF

  • “More than 20 million people across Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen, are in areas hit by drought and are experiencing famine or are at high risk of famine in “the biggest crisis we have seen in the past 50 years”, says the emergency coordinator for the UN’s World Food Programme. In north-eastern Nigeria a Muslim group, Boko Haram, is blocking UN efforts to aid two million people there.

 

  • A new report says that violent attacks on the Christian minority in India are increasing at an alarming rate as the emboldened members of groups close to the governing Hindu nationalist party seek to create a ‘Hindu nation.’ There’s an anti-Christian attack every 40 hours, the report highlights.

 

  • In Australia there are plans for an Islamic hub featuring a mosque, childcare centre, shops and apartments exclusively for Muslims. Residents opposed to the plan have lodged a petition with the Brisbane City Council.

 

  • The Australian Federal Police investigated 69 incidents of forced or under-age marriage in the 2015-16 financial year, up from 33 the previous year. It is estimated that there are 83,000 women and girls in Australia who may have been subjected to female genital mutilation.

 

  • In the UK, schools were told to change class times, exam times and sports days because of Ramadan in order to accommodate the needs of fasting pupils.

 

  • Taiwan has given approval for same-sex marriages. It is the first such ruling in Asia. Until 2001, China listed homosexuality as a mental disorder, but it is not illegal to be gay. Many large cities have thriving gay scenes, although gay men and women still face a lot of family pressure to get married and have children.

 

  • The US military’s satellite communications are facing a crisis, threatened by a growing array of foreign weapons, including cyberattack capabilities, lasers, electronic jammers and anti-satellite weapons, according to a Pentagon study.

 

  • Brussels officials want every European Union country to be using the euro by 2025. The move is likely to be fiercely opposed by Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic’s Eurosceptic governments.

 

  • It has been revealed that Turkey is attempting to take over Jordanian control of the Temple Mount. Turkey has begun pouring millions of dollars into non-governmental organizations in eastern Jerusalem, in order to strengthen Ankara’s status among the Arab residents, at the expense of Jordan and Israel.

 

When trials come: “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” (Phil 3:20-21)

 

EXTRA ITEMS:

Understand the Times. May 15-28 Newsletter
http://www.understandthetimes.org/newsinreview/2016.shtml

Broken Vessels for Christ – Harry Ironside.
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=22294

Lighthouse Trails booklet: Progression to Deception. One step after the next. Gregory Reid. Read here:
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=22471

 

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News & Notes 6/10/17

Welcome to News & Notes for June 6th! Let’s get started:

In Memoriam: Adam West Dies At 88

Adam West, known for his portrayal of Batman in the ABC based television series, and as ‘Mayor West’ on Fox’s Family Guy has passed away due to a short battle with Leukemia according to his Wikipedia page.

West’s family posted his death to his twitter account, and confirmed his passing late Friday evening to several outlets, including the Hollywood Reporter through a spokesperson.

We here at The Den wish Adam Godspeed as he moves on to his next journey, and thank the family for sharing him with us all. We’ll never for get him, and his adventures, as the Caped Crusader, and Mr. Mayor.

Does This EVER End?-A Commentary

Recently, There was an image placed online with Whoopi Goldberg wearing a Donald Trump Shirt depicting a suicide, with the words, “Make America Great Again” That she was supposedly wearing at the Women’s March in January.

This is the image that was posted during the episodes of The View where she comments on the Photoshop image of Trump, and the original shirt she did wear to the March.

 

While this Author is not a fan of Ms. Goldberg (Other than her Acting Credits, which include her recurring role as Guinan on ST: TNG) She was far from deserving of this type of treatment.

Haven’t we had ENOUGH of this mess? Kathy Griffin was more than enough to place the world on notice that the left is not happy with the election, and even Ms. Goldberg has stated that if the current president was elected, that she would move out of the country!

It is WAY past time for all of us to move on. The election is over. Let Trump Stand, or fall on his own record. whether you voted for him or not, respect the office. If you don’t like the man, fine. But, let him stand on his own merits or failures as President. You didn’t vote for him, and honestly, we didn’t see you pony up for the Damn position either!

To the person, or persons who did this… You were dead wrong for what you have done. No One deserves to be depicted in this way, even if you dislike what they stand for. Men, and women have fought, and died for us to have the right to our opinions. whether we agree, or not. You may not agree with Ms. Goldberg, but to do this was shameful… and just disgusting!

See you soon for more News & Notes!

 

Be Very Alert! No 241

Be Very Alert!- By Val Hollard (NZ)

On Watch at the Door                                                                  No 241, May 23, 2017

There are so many things happening now and together they hint at what is to come but in a more intensified form. Be ready! Here are some of the latest:

  • The momentum to unify all religions is shooting ahead. US President Donald Trump has joined in. By the time you read this he will have visited Saudi Arabia where he will have lunched with leaders of more than 50 Muslim countries and urged unity between the world’s major faiths. In Riyadh, he is also expected to lay out his vision for a new regional security architecture White House officials call an “Arab NATO,” to guide the fight against terrorism and push back against Iran. As a cornerstone of the plan, Trump will also announce one of the largest arms-sales deals in history worth tens of billions of dollars.
  • A church has been converted to a mosque in a rural North Carolina county. A group of Episcopal, Methodist and Baptist pastors took part in the conversion ceremony in an effort to “show mutual respect” for their Muslim neighbours. Rev. Jim Melnyk (Episcopal) said he personally worshiped Allah during the service. He believes that Christians, Jews and Muslims are all people of the book.
  • France has a new president, Emmanuel Macron. He has been described as a useful idiot of Islamism. He does not see Islam as a threat. His political movement has been infiltrated by Muslim Brotherhood militants and he has promised to facilitate the building of mosques in France. The globalists like Macron have allied themselves with Muslim radicals as they have a common goal in breaking down national borders.
    Most of Macron’s education was at a Jesuit school. He is a globalist and an open promotor of multiculturalism. Many of the people who voted for him did so because they didn’t want Marine Le Pen in, not because they liked his policies. Globalist George Soros poured money around to stop Le Pen getting in. After 6 Islamic terror attacks with 238 dead in 3 years, 90% of the voters in Paris still voted for Macron. Le Pen had been critical of Islamisation and had called for a halt to immigration because of her concerns about national security. It sounds like a rehash of WWII when Adolf Hitler rolled into France with almost no opposition. The French are giving in to Islam without a fight.
  • One of New Zealand’s biggest supermarket chains has a new policy supporting transgender staff members. LGBTQ advocates hail it as a “spectacular” step forward. Countdown is promising trans employees support over correct name and pronoun use, and the right to use whichever toilets and changing rooms match their gender identity. The policy also includes the right to use any available leave including sick leave for medical treatments needed while transitioning.
  • In America, Target stores are aggressively promoting Gay Pride merchandise, including t-shirts, swimwear, headphones, iPhone cases and many other products emblazoned with LGBT logos. Last year they allowed men to enter women’s toilets if they felt that was the right gender for them. As a result, they faced a giant financial downturn.
  • A Japanese nun with Argentinian citizenship has been arrested in Argentina for helping priests to rape deaf children at a school for young people with disabilities. The offending has been described as “diabolical sexual abuse” that included forced oral sex and raping. During an inspection of the school, the police discovered piles of pornographic magazines and about $34,000 in the room of one of the priests. The nun has been accused of physical abuse too.
  • It is feared that the Pope may be retreating from his crackdown on paedophile priests as Vatican bureaucrats do all they can to undermine reform efforts, a senior Australian Catholic official has warned. There are reports that Pope Francis is starting to go light on some paedophile priests.
    A total of 1880 priests, religious brothers and sisters, and lay people have been identified as alleged perpetrators in abuse claims made to the Australian Catholic Church by 4445 victims. Explosive claims of child sex abuse have also been levelled against Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic official, Cardinal George Pell. A book, Cardinal; The Rise and Fall of George Pell, is about to be released that details claims that he sexually abused cathedral choirboys. It also contains information about the child abuse cover-up within the Church.
  • The largest cyber attack in history has shocked the world. The ransomware attackers have claimed 200,000 victims in 150 countries, demanding payment in bitcoins to unlock their files. The cyber attack paralysed computers that run Britain’s hospital network, Germany’s national railway and scores of other companies and government agencies worldwide. The Russian Interior Ministry and companies including Spain’s Telefonica, FedEx Corp. in the US and French carmaker Renault all reported disruptions. The way the world is connected now by the internet we can expect more global disruptions in the future too. It gives us an inkling of the huge disruption that an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) would create if exploded high above a large population centre. Such an event could cause the collapse of a society. God is in control and we need not fear these things!
  • The University of Arizona is seeking applications for “social justice advocates” whose job it will be to root out students accused of bias. What is basically means that if you don’t agree with the university’s policies and rules, they will endeavour to get you to change your opinions.
  • In 2015 Germany passed a law that allows for property to be seized to be used for refugees. It is now happening. Soeren Kern reports that in Hamburg authorities have confiscated six residential units near the city centre which they are renovating at the owners’ cost and will rent them to tenants chosen by the city. Concerned citizens are now asking if authorities will limit the maximum amount of living space per person and force those with large apartments to share them with strangers. There are an estimated 8 million or more Muslims waiting to enter Europe.

DISPENSATIONALISM

In dispensationalism, past, present and future history are divided up into successive “dispensations” with each one emphasising a certain aspect of the way God deals with man, especially in a covenant relationship. These people usually come up with 7 dispensations.

In the extreme form of dispensationalism, each stage is regarded as being distinct and mutually exclusive, e.g., during the Dispensation of the Law there is no grace, and during the Age of Grace (Church Age), there is no law. This can easily be shown to be untrue. God showed grace numerous times under the old covenant (OT), and God showed His wrath in the NT when in Acts 5 when Ananias and Sapphira lied and will show His full wrath in the last stages of the final 7 years. God’s character does not change. He is always both a God of love and grace, and a God who must judge sin. There are 100s of commands in the NT for Christians to obey.

Pretribulationists believe that the Church must be taken out in the Rapture before the last seven years when the Antichrist reigns as they believe that God doesn’t deal with the Church and Israel at the same time. However, precise separation is impossible to show as, for example, God brought Israel back as a nation in 1948.

In order to defend their pretribulation position that the Church and Israel can’t be in the last seven years together, pre-tribbers come up with all sorts of things to defend their theories as they can’t find support in Scripture.

In Rapture Forums, Pete Garcia credits the beginning of dispensationalism to John Nelson Darby in the early 1800s. He believes that it resulted from progressive illumination since the start of the Church, with its ultimate conclusion sequentially at the Rapture, the Tribulation, the 2nd coming of Christ and the kingdom reign of Jesus. So Darby, he says, did not invent dispensationalism. He claims God has revealed it to us in these last days.

Someone from Oxford, England, has gone as far as to say that if you are not teaching a pre-trib view then you are leaven and need to be got rid of! This would include people like Spurgeon.

Pre-tribbers have a problem with the 5th Seal of Revelation 6 where there are martyrs, who have died during the Seals, crying out for justice as they claim that the last seven years are all God’s wrath and God has said Christians will not suffer His wrath. To get round this problem, well-known prophecy teacher Bill Salus has proposed a mysterious gap between the Rapture and the last seven years and places the 5th Seal in it. This view is not supported by Scripture.

MORE NEWS

  • Giulio Meotti has commented on the number of childless leaders in Europe. As they have no children, they seem to have no reason to worry about the future of their continent. He says, “They are modern, open minded and multicultural and they know that “everything finishes with them.”” As in a research report financed by the European Union: “No kids, no problem!” The most important childless leaders are British PM Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch PM Mark Rutte, French President Emmanuel Macron, Swedish PM Stefan Löfven, Luxembourg’s PM Xavier Bettel and Scottish PM Nicola Sturgeon.
  • Mexico was the second deadliest country last year. Mexico’s drug wars claimed 23,000 lives. In Syria 50,000 people died as a result of the civil war.
  • Over a thousand Swedes have chosen to voluntary implant a microchip under their skin to keep track of personal health data and avoid the necessity of having to remember a password. The microchip, which takes only a moment to install, can be read from several decimeters’ distance and its contents can be altered using a mobile phone. From that moment onwards, the digital microchip may be used for many features commonly performed in Scandinavia using mobile phones, such as opening and unlocking doors, paying for goods and services, and storing data.
  • In the US, many well-known chains are closing stores this year: over 21 retailers are closing 3591 stores. Many stores closed last year and thousands of jobs have been lost. It is called the “retail apocalypse.” There are a number of reasons for this. More people are buying through the internet and more people just can’t afford to buy. According to one analyst, “about one-third of malls in the US will shut their doors in coming years.” In one example, in West Baltimore block after block “resembles a post-apocalyptic view of America, if industry fails to return.” The homicide rate is spiralling out of control and some areas are so bad that mobile police stations in 40 foot RVs are patrolling the streets.
  • From coast to coast in the US, parents are rebelling against what they describe as Islamic indoctrination of their children in public schools. In Florida, for example, parents are protesting a newly approved textbook they say whitewashes Islam’s violent history of conquest and subjugation, while in San Diego, an angry father confronted the city’s school board about its partnership with the controversial Council on American-Islamic Relations in an “anti-bullying” program.
  • For every new Christian in the UK, 26 more leave the faith.

EXTRA ITEMS:

A Biblical & Theological Refutation of Wm. Paul Young’s book, “Lies We Believe About God” (First in a series by Larry DeBruyn) Young is author of The Shack.
http://guardinghisflock.com/2017/05/01/truths-we-believe-about-god/

Tear Fund New Zealand. Anti-Zionism and pro-Palestinianism
http://israel.co.nz/tear-fund-and-the-justice-of-jesus-2/

How would you like to be confronted by this when you go into a store? Target in America
http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1217

The meaning of the word Zion (11 minutes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLZq6gt0nzg

When trials come: “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Cor 19-20)

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Be Very Alert! No 240

Be Very Alert!- By Val Hollard (NZ)

On Watch at the Door                                                          No 240, May 9, 2017

WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS

There is a convergence of many things, such as an increase in earthquakes, warnings about the economy, famines, deception, etc., which are prophesied to come together after Antichrist has appeared. (Matt 24:4-8 and Seals 1-4 of Revelation 6). Wars and rumours of wars are much in the news now.

There are high tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile ambitions. The US military has installed a controversial missile defence system at a site in South Korea. The system is designed to protect against threats from North Korea. Local residents have been protesting against the deployment.

President Trump did something unusual and called an emergency meeting at the White House where senior leaders talked about the “urgent national security threat” posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. Former CIA analyst Bruce Klingner says that Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, would likely hit back with an artillery barrage in the event of a pre-emptive strike by the US or an ally. “The North could launch a devastating attack on Seoul,” he says. Hawaii also needs better protection from the growing threat from North Korea.

One former senior security policy analyst, Michael Maloof, warns that North Korea already has the capability to launch a nuclear attack on the US but not in the way that the mainstream media talks about it. North Korea doesn’t have a missile that could reach the US. But it does have the ability to put satellites in orbit and has two there now. A satellite could be equipped with a nuclear bomb which could be detonated high over America or any other country causing a nuclear explosion (EMP, electromagnetic pulse) which can wipe out the power grid and all unprotected electronics. This can bring a nation to a standstill. A recent grid failure in San Francisco which lasted for seven hours and caused chaos by knocking out traffic lights, cable cars, elevators and computer system offered a preview of an EMP threat. Some countries such as Russia, China, Iran and Israel have been working on systems to protect against such an attack. The US is largely defenceless.

As Americans worry about whether a North Korean missile could hit California, sales of nuclear shelters and air purifiers that can block radiation are skyrocketing in Japan. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear program is deepening after the issue dominated talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Moscow.

As well as concerns about North Korea, Washington is so worried about attacks generally that local governments in the Washington D.C. area are holding a “full-scale” terror attack drill. Law enforcement and first responders will participate in the exercise “designed to prepare for the possibility of a complex coordinated terror attack in the National Capital Region.” The drill prepares for an attack involving multiple locations and “teams of perpetrators.”

On the other side of the world, there have been tense naval encounters in the Persian Gulf between the US and Iran. In a recent encounter, an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel came near a US guided-missile destroyer. The US vessel fired a warning flare toward the Iranian vessel which later turned and sailed away.

A statement released by “the joint command operation center of Syrian allies,” a group that includes Russia and Iran, has warned the US against further military actions in that war-torn country, following a missile strike on a Syrian air base. The group warned that they would support the Syrian people and Assad’s regime “with all the means that we have.”

Some prophecy scholars believe that these events are leading up to the fulfilment of Ezekiel 38 and 39 Gog and Magog war. Scholars hold different views on the timing of this war. Some expect it to take place before or just after the beginning of the last seven years, others place it somewhere in the middle of the seven years, others at the end along with Armageddon and others say it is referring to the Gog/Magog war of Revelation 20 which takes place at the end of the millennium.

There are a number of reasons why it is difficult to place the Gog/Magog war around the beginning of the 70th week of Daniel. After the war, God’s name is never to be profaned anymore; all the nations will know that He is the Lord and is the Holy One in Israel; Israel will dwell securely in the land forever; and so on. These things cannot happen until the end of the seven years.

Four times in Ezekiel 38 and 39 Israel is said to be living safely in the land when these armies descend upon them. (Eze 38:8, 11 – Israel has walled villages now, 14; 39:26) Israel has been preparing for simultaneous wars on all fronts and has layers of defence systems to protect its citizens. In no way can Israel be described as living in safety at the present time. But God promises that they will live in safety in the future when Jesus their Messiah returns and tends for them. (Eze 34:23-31)

Prophecy is accurate and all aspects of the prophecy should be taken into account. The war that takes place at the end of the seven years may be a fore-shadow of the one at the end of the millennium. (Rev 20:7-10)

In New Zealand it is common to hear people say how wonderful it is to live in this far corner of the earth far away from the threat of war. However, North Korea has threatened to target our neighbour Australia too, accusing it of “blindly and zealously toeing the US line.” Major wars or disasters in any part of the world can affect us in many ways and this could happen suddenly.

We must always be prepared for whatever comes our way. There is a striking convergence of many things. It cannot be long before they all come together with the appearance of Antichrist.

PROBLEMS IN THE PRETRIBULATION CAMP

In order to defend their pretribulation stance, some proponents have come up with interpretations of Scripture which are completely different from what traditional pretribbers have taught. They have even been challenged by those, such as Mark Hitchcock, who support the traditional view. Unfortunately these new interpretations are being promoted by well-known leaders and prophecy scholars.

One point of contention is that the term apostasia in 2 Thess 2:3 doesn’t mean a falling away (or rebellion) from the faith but a physical departure such as in the Rapture. Traditional pretribbers never held this view. Some prominent evangelicals who support this view now are Thomas Ice, the late Tim LaHaye (author of the Left Behind series), L.A. Marzulli, Gary Stearman and popular prophecy teacher J.D. Farag. This view is believed to have been first introduced in 1895 by J. S. Mabie and popularized by E. Schuyler English in 1949, but the major proponent now is Thomas Ice, Executive Director of The Pre-Trib Research Center.

In a public debate with Alan Kurschner, Thomas Ice admitted that he was incapable of producing a single document in all of Koine Greek literature where apostasia means a physical or spatial departure. If the Rapture was intended the word would have been harpazo. The only other occurrence of the Koine Greek in the New Testament is in Acts 21:21 where a falling away or rebellion occurs.

Kurschner says, “This biblical passage (2 Thess 2:3) has convinced more ex-pretribulationists that their pretrib theology is wrong than any other Bible passage. The reason for this is straightforward: The fundamental premise of pretribulationism is that there cannot be any prophesied events that will take place before the rapture, and consequently they believe in the novel idea of what has come to be called the “any moment” rapture (a.k.a. imminence).”

Commentary on J.D. Farag – Jacob Prasch. This is not just about Farag. A problem in the pretribulation camp.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPxGR8lDU_g

This is a commentary on the book of Revelation. When reading it, remember that God is still opening up His Word to us and no one has the full truth. Be a Berean! You may find Chapter 12 interesting in relation to the woman.
http://www.revelationcommentary.org/

IN BRIEF

Pope Francis has been in Cairo and addressed the Egyptian people. He said he hoped his visit would help bring peace and encourage dialog and reconciliation with the Islamic world. This comes at a painful time for Egypt’s Copts. A short time ago ISIS suicide bombers killed 45 people in twin church bombings and in December a cathedral bombing killed 28 people. A spree of murders has forced hundreds of Christians to flee North Sinai where ISIS is most active.

One of the hottest trending topics on Google this year is the ‘great sign’ of Revelation 12. Many believe that it will reach a stage of completion on the 23rd September. I wrote about this recently in Alert! 237. People love signs. A few years ago people got caught up in the four blood moons hype and nothing happened. I fear that many will get caught up in Antichrist’s great signs and wonders. We are given signs in the Bible to look for in the last days, e.g., Luke 21:25-28, but the woman of Revelation 12 is not one. And they don’t even know what to expect!

A new poll asked 2,010 British adults by telephone a series of questions about their beliefs and the Bible. “Christians” refers to those who attend religious services at least once a month. A quarter of those identified as “Christian” did not believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ. About one third of “Christians” surveyed stated they did not believe in life after death at all, while approximately one fifth (21 percent) of non-Christians said they did. It certainly makes you wonder what is being taught in churches as the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is at the core of the Gospel message.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden says that people are abandoning the faith in record numbers. More than 90,000 left the church in 2016, almost double the 2015 number, and the main reason cited was “they do not believe in God.”

For the first time, Russia has been ranked among the worst violators of religious freedom. There is an ongoing crackdown on religious minorities, foreign missionaries and evangelists.

An official Harvard University guide on gender says that for some people gender identity can “change from day to day.” The flier was distributed to students on the elite Ivy League campus.

In 1970, when Earth Day was conceived, the late George Wald, a Nobel laureate biology professor at Harvard University, predicted, “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” Also in 1970, Paul Ehrlich, a Stanford University biologist and best-selling author of The Population Bomb, declared that the world’s population would soon outstrip food supplies.

A monster mid-spring snowstorm in Colorado postponed a rally that sought to bring attention to “climate change” and “global warming,” as well as protest President Donald Trump’s climate policies. Heavy snowfall and blizzard-like conditions were forecast.

President Donald Trump has proclaimed May as ‘Jewish American Heritage Month.’ “During Jewish American Heritage Month, we celebrate our Nation’s strong American Jewish heritage, rooted in the ancient faith and traditions of the Jewish people,” Trump said. Trump mentioned that the Jewish people have left “an indelible mark on American culture” through an ethical code and “tikkun olam” or repairing the world. Obama emphasised Islam’s “great” contribution to the US.

When trials come: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Eph 6:10-11)

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Be Very Alert! No239

I have NO idea how I missed this one. I only noticed it sitting in my inbox once the next one came out. So I’m posting two today. This one and No 240. Sorry about that.

Be Very Alert!- By Val Hollard (NZ)

On Watch at the Door                                                       No 239, April 25, 2017

A COMING ECONOMIC COLLAPSE

The Bible does not specifically say there will be a One World Government and a One World Economy, but they are implied in Revelation 13. The Antichrist, empowered by Satan is given vast powers over “every tribe, people, language and nation.” Nearly everyone on earth will worship him. People will not be able to buy food if they do not worship the image of the Antichrist. In chapter 6 of Revelation we are warned that there will be wars, famine and plagues as well as huge inflation beginning in the first half of the last 7 years before the return of Jesus. In the book of James those that hoard wealth in the last days are warned. (Jam 5:1-6)

According to the International Monetary Fund, global debt has now grown to a staggering grand total of 152 trillion dollars. Others put it much higher. If you divide 152 trillion dollars by the population of the earth, you get over $21,000 of debt for every man, woman and child. New Zealand’s household debt level is one of the highest in the developed world compared to the size of our economy.

In 2012 the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) proposed that the current system of world currencies and capital rules that govern the world’s economy need to be altered in order to stabilize our economic crisis.

More and more countries are experiencing economic crises. As Zimbabwe desperately attempts to restart its monetary system, cows, cars, TVs, refrigerators, computers and other household appliances will become acceptable as collateral once they are evaluated and registered in the central bank’s register. Puerto Rico seems to be sliding towards bankruptcy as a May 1 deadline draws near to restructure a $70 billion debt. Some other countries with financial problems include Greece, Italy with its shrinking economy and Venezuela. The US Congress is very concerned US oil assets could fall into Russian hands if Venezuela defaults. In Turkey, the decline in tourism after terrorist attacks and domestic political turmoil is affecting the economy badly.

Financial problems are caused by numerous factors including war, a flood of immigrants and natural disasters. Globalists also want to crash economies so that they can restructure societies according to their desires. Ex-president Obama believed in this Marxist policy.

In NZ we have been faced with expensive cleaning up after earthquakes, flood damage to crop and pasture land and infrastructure damage. How much longer can the government and insurance companies finance large disasters?

Michael Snyder in The Economic Collapse says that April 2017 could turn out to be one of the most important months in US history. Members of Congress have gone on a two week recess and won’t resume work again until April 25. They will then have 4 days to pass a bill to fund government operations or there will be a government shutdown, exactly 100 days since Trump began his presidency.

Snyder believes there is no way that the funding bill can be passed in that time as there are too many hurdles. Some sticking points are the funding of a border wall with Mexico and Planned Parenthood. There are other issues as well, including an enormous increase in military spending. Consumer bankruptcies are also rising at an alarming rate and America certainly doesn’t need another war on top of this.

At the beginning of January the Vatican’s Justice and Peace Department called for the establishment of a “global public authority” and a “central world bank” to rule over financial institutions that have become outdated and often ineffective in controlling the masses. It called for the establishment of “a supranational authority” with worldwide scope and “universal jurisdiction” to guide economic policies and decisions. Such an authority should start with the United Nations as its reference point but later become independent and be endowed with the power to see to it that developed countries were not allowed to wield “excessive power over the weaker countries.”

It continues, “Of course, this transformation will be made at the cost of a gradual, balanced transfer of a part of each nation’s powers to a world authority and to regional authorities, but this is necessary at a time when the dynamism of human society and the economy and the progress of technology are transcending borders, which are in fact already very eroded in a globalizes world.”

What is happening should make Christians who love the truth wake up. Preparations are well and truly underway to welcome the Antichrist and his One World System and this is fully supported by the Vatican. Instead, droves are putting a false unity ahead of truth and joining the ecumenical movement. To confuse Christians even further, the pretribulationists continue to tell Christians they are not going to be around when all this happens, so they can forget about the Antichrist’s One World System. Pastors should be encouraging their congregations to be better prepared for all that is coming. Christians today are also failing to understand prophecy. They read what is written, but do not understand it because they prefer to follow false teachers, seek mystical experiences and everything but a closer walk with Jesus and spend more time in the Word.

DRUGS AND ZOMBIES IN THE LAST DAYS

“But the cowardly (fearful)… those who practise magic arts (sorcerers)… – their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur. This is the second death.” (Rev 21:8) Strong’s Concordance gives the Greek for magic arts or sorcerers “from pharmakon, (a drug, i.e. spell-giving potion).” Those who are drug addicts receive special mention of what will happen to them in the last days.

Massey University has carried out several studies on methamphetamine. Last year Dr Nick Kim showed that every bank note collected in Auckland supermarkets, corner stores, bakeries and takeaway bars carried traces of methamphetamine, many of them well above Health Department guidelines.

In an earlier study in 2014, a pilot study took daily samples of wastewater at two Auckland treatment plants. Methamphetamine, codeine, morphine and methadone were the most frequently used drugs, while ecstasy and cocaine were less common. Meth was detected every day, while others only over the weekend.

Hundreds of state housing tenants have been evicted because meth has been found in their houses. Methamphetamine supply and its use continues to grow.

Cannabis use remains popular. Cannabis is now being combined with yoga to form Ganja Yoga. In the US cannabis is legal in some states. Dee Dussault, who has written a book on it, does warn that there are some dangers but, she says, “The benefits are off the chart.”

But there is something worse and weirder spreading around the world and it seems to have hit our shores too. There is a new strain of the terrifying street drug Spice which is creating an entire subculture of human zombies. It is reported to have the physically addictive qualities of heroin and the psychologically addictive qualities of crack (crack cocaine). People taking it are like dead men and women walking the streets. Some stand stock-still or slumped down, comatose and often twitching and gibbering to themselves. According to some experts, one Spice joint is akin to smoking up to 100 cannabis joints.

We can expect to see many more addicts to various sorts of drugs and many more attempts to bring them illegally into the country. Rehabilitation programmes may help to some degree, but true freedom from this bondage can only be found in Jesus Christ. Those who continue in their addictions face a terrible future, permanently away from God.

New Strain Of Terrifying Street Drug ‘Spice’ Creating Entire Subculture Of Human Zombies Across The Globe
http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/terrifying-new-street-drug-spice-creating-entire-subculture-human-zombies/

NZ Herald article on Zombies.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11841116

TURKEY

The recent referendum has given President Erdogan vast new powers. The Turks have thrown out democracy and voted to having an increasingly Islamic country. The parliament has been reduced to merely a ceremonial advisory body and the office of PM abolished. If things go his way Erdogan will have absolute power until 2029. Europe is preparing for another migrant crisis over fears Turkey will send three million Muslim migrants to Europe. EU leaders are reported to be “terrified.” Last year, Erdogan threatened to “open the gates for migrants to enter Europe if the EU “blocked membership talks.” Turkey is no longer a democratic country and would no longer qualify for EU membership. Recently Erdogan declared, “Europe is collapsing… Europe will pay for what they have done,” because in his view, Europe has “humiliated and oppressed” the Turks.

SOME COMING ELECTIONS

  • UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap election on 8 June. This is to give Britain certainty, stability and strong leadership leading up to the final split with the EU in 2019 and to avoid conflict with a 2020 election.
  • Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is looking to regain power in the May 2017 election and should he win, bring the Muslim nation into even further extremism. He has vowed to wipe both Israel and the US off the face of the earth. He also believes a great war is needed to bring about the return of the Twelfth Imam who will take control over humanity.
  • The French go to the polls in April and May. The outcome will likely determine whether France becomes more Islamic, or becomes more traditional.
  • Federal elections will be held in Germany on 24 September. There is much anger at Angela Merkel’s welcoming policy toward refugees.

IN BRIEF

  • In the US, the FBI has opened investigations into radical terrorists in all 50 states. The threat of terrorism in the US has reached an all-time high with radicalized individuals plotting to strike “each and every single day.”
  • The UK National Union of Teachers says that LGBTQ lifestyle should be promoted to children starting at age 2. Teachers bemoaned a “lack of policies which promote LGBT+ within schools”, which they allege has a “significant negative impact” on the well-being of students and teachers who are homosexual or transgender.
  • Leaders of 27 European countries, not including the UK, met in Rome to celebrate 60 years since the Treaty of Rome was signed. They signed a statement, the Rome Declaration, declaring their commitment to integrating the continent. However, the leaders acknowledged that they were “facing unprecedented challenges, both global and domestic,” including “regional conflicts, terrorism, growing migratory pressures, protectionism and social and economic inequalities.”
  • The UK has joined the Trump administration and is putting the UN Human Rights Council ‘on notice’ for its anti-Israel bias. The UNHRC has recently approved four resolutions that condemned Israeli policy on the Palestinians. The UK says that if things do not change they will adopt a policy of voting against all resolutions concerning Israel’s conduct in the ‘occupied’ Syrian and Palestinian territories.

When trials come: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ( Phil 4:6-7)

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News & Notes 5/7/17

Welcome back to News & Notes Let’s Get Started

North Korea Detains 4th US Citizen

In a report from Fox News a fourth US Citizen has been detained for unspecified hostile acts against the North Korean government.

Kim Hak Song was working for a university in Pyongyang before being detained on Saturday, in a report filed by the Korean Central News Agency.

Along with Kim Sang Dok who’s being detained for “acts of hostility aimed at overthrowing the country.” and two others, Kim Jong Un is forcing the tensions to escalate between North Korea and the US.

Along with the tensions, the regime is still organizing, and launching missile tests to obtain an ICBM that would reach US soil, and detonate a Nuclear Warhead payload.

This little man with the funky haircut is seriously touched, but NOT by an angel!! China really needs to step up and reign this guy in… before he starts World War 3!

Weird News Report

College activist Pablo Gomez Jr., 22, was arrested in Berkeley, California, in March and charged with the brutal stabbing death of an elementary school teacher. Gomez, a senior at University of California, Berkeley, is well-known on campus for insisting on a gender identity for which (as an example) the pronoun “he” is an inappropriate reference. (Hence, “they” was charged with what is so far the only homicide in Berkeley this year.) [San Jose Mercury News, 3-27-2017]

A father, 43, and his son, 22, argued on April 9 about who would walk the dog at their home on Chicago’s South Side. They apparently thought to settle the issue with a gunfight, and police, who recovered the two weapons, said both men received multiple wounds. The son was killed, and the father was in critical condition. [WLS-TV (Chicago), 4-10-2017]

Greeter Fired For Dumbest Reason On Earth!!!

an 88 year old man was terminated from his greeter position at Walmart for allowing a WILD TURKEY (yes you read that correctly) enter the store while he was on duty!

Bob Tallinger was told that he ‘should have alerted Management’ to the siting of the bird so that it could be removed. “He was hired to be a greeter, and that’s what he did. He never saw a book of rules that said, ‘If a wild turkey walks in here, you better go and get management.’” his wife relayed to the reporter from WISN in Wisconsin.

Bob said that he will miss the people the most, and a reporter for WISN mentioned that several of his coworkers called her, upset by Bob’s termination. In a statement, the company said that it “will not comment on HR matters.”

Ok… A wild turkey walks in the door on your watch, and you loose your job for it. REALLY?!?!?! I’ve seen and heard some crazy stuff in my time, but this tops the cake. What was Management gonna do, try to catch it? Jeez… Now I have heard it all!!!

That’s it for now, check back soon for more News & Notes!

Be Very Alert! No 238

Apologies for the week’s delay. I was hugely busy over Easter running an event. But here is the Alert!

Be Very Alert!- By Val Hollard (NZ)

On Watch at the Door                                                         No 238, April 11, 2017

THE LIES THEY WANT YOU TO BELIEVE!

The liberal left globalist politicians and media want you to believe that Islam is a religion of peace. After every terrorist attack more people come out and emphasise that Islam is a religion of peace. It happened after 9/11 and it has happened over and over again since then. After 9/11 Bill Hybels even had a Muslim imam come to his church and explain Islam to his congregation. Christians would never be allowed to explain Christianity in a mosque.

After the recent tragic jihad attack in London by a Muslim, it happened again. British Prime Minister Theresa May insisted: “It is wrong to describe this as Islamic terrorism. It is Islamist terrorism. It is a perversion of a great faith.” Speaking in Parliament, she also said the attack showed “the importance of all of our faiths working together, and recognising the values that we share.” MPs almost unanimously agreed with the Prime Minister, lining up to warn against “demonising” and “stigmatising” Muslims, and to condemn “Islamophobia” and “racial and religious” discrimination. Have they been reading Alice in Wonderland?

The narrative is, Islam is a peaceful religion and those who commit terrorist attacks are not following Islam. This is despite the fact that the Qur’an and Hadith both promote jihad and striking fear in the heart of infidels. There is a total denial of the fact that the jihadist is a true Muslim trying to win the world for Allah.

As a result the liberal left globalists and politicians and media come up with the following after a jihad attack: In England the person will be called Asian. This is used to refer to an Arab too. The fact that they are Muslim is not mentioned. Even if the jihadi is screaming “Allahu akbar” they will say they are looking for a motive. They will call the person a “lone wolf,” say they have a mental illness or they are treated unequally and just need a job. In Detroit recently a Muslim threatened to attack a church for ISIS and the US Attorney said “he lacked self-control.” And whatever you do, don’t blame immigrants. If you don’t go along with this narrative then you are called Islamophobic and racist, even though Muslims can be from any ethnic group.

They will say you hate all Muslims if you expose what the Qur’an really teaches. This is untrue. We love Muslims and want to see them saved. There are many ‘moderate’ Muslims who would like changes made to Islam so it is truly a religion of peace. But that would be like what many Christians do and change the Bible to fit in with the world, such as the gay-friendly Queen James Bible and The Message. Most ‘moderate’ Muslims don’t know what the Qur’an really teaches, often having never read it, or are too frightened to speak up. A ‘moderate’ Muslim is like a Christian in name only, one who has not repented and committed their life fully to Christ.

So we have two kinds of Islam, one ‘moderate’ and acceptable to the West, and one that promotes terrorist jihad which the liberal media, etc., say is not Islam. However, they are both Islam and both works of the devil. The ‘moderate’ Islam serves as a Trojan Horse to get Islam spread around the world and from that base the devil can hide his jihadis until the time is ripe to bring them out. If current trends continue Islam will be the largest religion in the entire world before the end of the century and Judeo-Christian societies will have collapsed. The god of this world is intent on expanding his destructive religion to form a Sharia compliant world. But thank God that Jesus will return soon and deal with this evil!

Virtually all government leaders in the West are caught up in this deception, including Donald Trump. The UK city of Birmingham will have a Muslim majority in just a few years. As the Muslim population increases, more non-Muslims move out and Muslims who have many more children move in.

The result of this deception follows two lines. Firstly the media is supressed and not allowed to say a jihad terrorist is a Muslim. For example, a German media watchdog recently instructed the press to censor ethnicity and religion in many crime reports. The public may soon not be informed about the risks Muslim migrants pose so it will be acceptable to bring in many more Muslim migrants because they are all peaceful, aren’t they?

Secondly, saying anything against Islam is being called blasphemous and becoming a hate crime. Muslim countries are pressing the UN for “legal options” against “blasphemy” on social media. Social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter are already moving energetically against speech that violates Sharia blasphemy laws. They want to protect “the sanctity and dignity of the religion and Holy Prophet Mohammed.” The liberal media in the West is eager to compromise and appease and not the least bit interested in defending freedom of speech.

The Canadian House of Commons has now passed the non-binding anti-Islamophobia motion (M-103) even though tens of thousands of Canadians signed petitions calling for its rejection. The motion is supposed to advance tolerance, inclusiveness and racial harmony, but instead it gives a special status to Muslims. Christine Williams writes that it is a first step in edging Canada down a dangerous path, eroding the freedom of speech and potentially leading to the censorship of reporting on crimes committed by Muslims in the name of Islam.

The future is not bright for those who point out the truth about Islam. Already on social media like Twitter and Facebook Christians are finding their platforms removed and only regained after a battle.

But Christians must continue to speak up about Islam even if it results in martyrdom, and continue to pray for and share the Gospel with Muslims and all those who are caught up in this horrendous end-times deception. 2016 was the worst year yet for persecution of Christians, especially in the Muslim world.

WHAT ABOUR EASTER?

Easter is Astarte or Ashtaroth the Hellenized form of the Middle-Eastern goddess of fertility Ishtar, the Babylonian queen of heaven. The early church reformers such as Calvin and Knox protested strongly against Easter because of its pagan origins.

At the council of Nicaea in 325, the Churches agreed that Easter should be celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon (14 Nisan, Passover) after the vernal equinox. For some time, the Roman Catholic Church and other churches have wanted to fix the date, possibly to the 2nd or 3rd Sunday in April. From a biblical point of view, it doesn’t matter a hoot what day of the year ‘Easter’ is celebrated or whether you celebrate it at all. (Col 2:16-17)

At ‘Easter,’ Christians remember the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. They usually focus on the fact that God sent down His only begotten Son to die on the cross for our sins, so that if we repent and believe in Him, we will rise again at the resurrection and have everlasting life. Then the congregation goes home and forgets about ‘Easter’ for another year.

There is much more to it than that. Repenting (turning from sin) is just the beginning of the story. Listen to what the apostle Paul says: “We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that His life may be revealed in our mortal body.” (2 Cor 4:10-11) And Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24)

Harry Ironside describes it like this: “Dying day by day to our own hopes and ambitions, dying to the good opinion of people, dying to praise and adulation, to everything that the natural heart grasps, dying in the death of Jesus to it all, because He died for us in order that “the life of Jesus may be made manifest in our body.”” We are called on to remember the sacrifice of Jesus every day and surrender our all to Him. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Pro 3:5-6)

Richard Wurmbrand, a Jewish believer who was tortured for 15 years by communists said, “Jesus never said “I am going to die for your sins, that’s it. Jesus said, ‘I am going to die for your sins, get up here and die with me, crucify the flesh, get rid of the old nature, pick up your cross.’” We are called to surrender our all for Jesus daily, as He surrendered all for us. Remove everything between you and Jesus: programs, mystical experiences, smoking and other vices, studying books rather than the Bible, statues of Mary, scapulars, everything. Only by taking up our cross daily with complete surrender can we be assured of gaining the resurrection and eternal life. That is our blessed hope. Don’t stop at ‘Easter!’

DO NOT BE YOKED WITH UNBELIEVERS! (2 Cor 6:14-17)

An ecumenical penance and reconciliation service was held in Hildesheim, Germany on March 11. The service was jointly promoted by the Chairman of the Roman Catholic German Bishops’ Conference, and the Chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany. This was a historical coming together of the Protestant and Catholic Churches that had split at the time of the Reformation 500 years ago. Catholic and Protestants have decided to share ecumenical celebrations of the Reformation anniversary during 2017 in different parts of Europe and the world. (Supported by the World Council of Churches)

Pope Francis visited Rome’s Anglican parish of All Saints and voiced gratitude for the good relations Catholics and Anglicans now enjoy, and said that on the path toward full communion, humility has to be the point of departure. This visit coincided with the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Anglican parish community in Rome and consisted of a short choral Evensong service, during which the Pope blessed and dedicated an icon of “St. Savior” commissioned for the occasion. During the ceremony, the symbolic “twinning” of All Saints Anglican Church with the only Catholic parish in Rome dedicated to All Saints also took place, forming strong ecumenical ties between the two.

IN BRIEF

  • Female athletes in sports such as weightlifting, wrestling, and football now have to contend with ‘women who were once men.’ These transgenders are now dominating in many sports and are smashing records. Physiologically there is a large difference between biological men and women in muscle mass and men also have more ‘fast-twitch’ muscle and a larger heart and lungs.
  • Vimeo is a video-sharing website in which users can upload, share and view videos. It was the first video sharing site to support high-definition video and is an alternative to youtube. Vimeo has now declared war on Vimeo accounts of people who believe that Jesus can heal people of homosexuality, or any that refuse to support LGBT activism. According to Vimeo, these videos harass and incite hatred and their accounts are removed. (To be politically correct I think it is now LGBTQ+!)
  • London has 423 new mosques. Since 2001 500 churches of all denominations have been turned into private homes. The mosques are overcrowded, the churches virtually empty. There are officially 100 Sharia courts in London.

When trials come: “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12)

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Be Very Alert! No 237

Be Very Alert! – By Val Hollard (NZ)

On Watch at the Door                                                        No 237, March 28, 2017

THE NEW BABYLONIANS ARE COMING! ARE YOU READY?

At an inter-faith conference in 2003, an imam said, “The UK is going to be an Islamic republic in the time of my grandchildren, and I don’t need to do anything about it, it’s just going to happen.” There are five large urban areas in the north where the majority of people under 16 are Muslim. Those people will elect Muslim mayors who in turn would feel democratic pressure to introduce Sharia practices. That was 14 years ago!

In the UK, Muslim pupils are now outnumbering Christian children in more than 30 church schools. One Church of England primary school in Oldham is reported to have only Muslim pupils. All children follow a course of Religious Education and they observe both Christian and Muslim Festivals.

Another in Bolton has a 90 per cent Muslim population, while at a CoE Junior School in West Yorkshire 98 per cent of students are reported to come from a Muslim background. This has prompted leading education experts to urge some church schools to become secular institutions because it is ‘confusing for children.’

It really makes you wonder what sort of religion is being taught in these schools and why church leaders have ever allowed Muslims Festivals to be celebrated!

Rev Gavin Ashenden, who resigned after criticising a Scottish cathedral for hosting a reading of the Qur’an during a Eucharist service, says that Anglicanism seems too weak to tackle the great challenges it faces.

Similar things are now happening in many Western countries which are bowing to ‘moderate’ Islam. In America, for decades the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups that seek to defend individual rights, fought to get Christian prayer and Bibles out of American schools and were successful. Now prayer is coming back into schools but it is Islamic prayer. As a recent example, a Texas high school now has a prayer room for Muslim students so they do not have to leave school on Fridays. Muslims are being given rights and privileges which others do not have.

Countries that were at the centre of world events in the Bible are now at the centre of world events today. However, their influence is no longer restricted to the Middle East. Islam is being spread in many ways, but radical Islam is likely to spread more rapidly as ISIS is supressed in the Middle East and many of the fighters return to their home countries. God is using Islam as a judgment on Western nations as they turn against God and Israel, and their churches fall deeper into apostasy.

If a nation venerates pagan gods, God will use that nation to come against you in the hope that you will repent. The new Babylonians are coming rapidly, bringing violence and fear with them, but the righteous will live by faith. (Habakkuk)

A sign in the heavens or a non-sign? On September 23rd an extremely rare line-up of a number of heavenly bodies will occur centred around the constellation of Virgo. Virgo is giving birth to Jupiter, the king planet. Numerous people on the internet are seeing this as highly significant and connecting it with the woman in Revelation 12 who gives birth to a male child. They say it must be important but don’t want to set dates. Being rare doesn’t guarantee something is important.

According to the apostle John, it is a ‘great sign’ so we need to pay special attention. To understand symbolism in the book of Revelation one needs to know the Old Testament. The OT explains who she is and the sun and moon and crown of 12 stars. Read Genesis 37:9-10. Joseph is a type of Christ in dozens of ways. Jacob and Rachel and the 12 brothers are who are depicted in the sign in Revelation 12. The male child will rule all the nations with an iron rod and is without doubt Jesus. In Genesis 32 Jacob wrestles with God and is given the name of Israel. The woman is Israel who gives birth to Jesus who is then caught up into heaven.

In verse 3 of Revelation another sign appears in heaven: “An enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads.” This sign is also in heaven. So why aren’t people reporting another line-up of heavenly bodies that form this weird dragon? It is not Satan as he does not have seven heads, etc. It is a composite dragon, but has the characteristics of Satan. We know from Daniel that horns represent kings or kingdoms. The horns are most likely seven satanically inspired nations prior to the birth of Christ who wanted to destroy the line from Abraham which would prevent the birth of the male child, beginning with Egypt.

If anyone should see a red dragon with seven heads and ten horns in the sky, I’d be interested to know about it!

There is now a 5-week Study Guide for The Shack. Liberal churches across America are now using The Shack to supposedly teach the Bible to people. Many strongly recommended The Shack. But readers receive a false gospel, a false Jesus and a New Age message of Universal salvation. Some fallacies taught include: God will never demand justice because of love, there is no such thing as eternal judgment or torment in hell, God submits to human wishes and choices. True Christians should not need to be warned about The Shack. Scripture warns us that in the end times there will be many spiritually wicked individuals masquerading as servants of God who will deceive many. The false “Christ” of The Shack has big plans to deceive many. Wm. Paul Young has just written another book, Lies We Believe About God, in which he endorses his belief of Universal salvation. He teaches that “every single human being is in Christ” and that “Christ is in them.”

There are many anniversaries in 2017, especially to do with Israel, but some are connected with the Catholic Church. You should already be aware of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in November, and you can be sure there will be a big push to bring Evangelicals and Protestants back under Rome then.

But there are others. Pope Francis has extended an invitation to Catholic charismatics, evangelicals and Christians to come to Rome at the end of May or early June this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Global Catholic Charismatic Revival. This is over Pentecost and the idea is to celebrate unity.

Also in May is the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of ‘Mary’ in Fatima, Portugal. The International Marian Association has requested that the pope publicly refer to Mary as “co-redemptrix with Jesus the redeemer” at this time.

Roman Catholicism attributes many of Christ’s characteristics to Mary, e.g., both conceived without sin, both the source of grace, both are our advocates. The Bible, however, teaches that Jesus is the only mediator between God and man and that He alone shed His precious blood for our sins so that we could be forgiven. Catholics take glory from Jesus and give it to Mary. God sent His only begotten Son to die for our sins on the cross, not Mary. They have added to God’s perfect Holy Word with new revelation (Gnosticism) which is warned against.

As in the days of Noah and Lot: A mother and son are transitioning to ‘father and daughter; A new book, ‘Toni the Tampon’ teaches children that men can menstruate; Calvary Baptist Church, a progressive Baptist landmark in the heart of downtown Washington, has named a lesbian couple as co-pastors; The number of Swedish children wanting to change gender is doubling each year. The children coming for ‘transitioning’ are also getting younger and younger. More adults are seeking to change their gender too.

Stephen Sizer has been effectively banned from ministry by the Church of England five weeks prior to his retirement for violating the terms of remaining in ministry with renewed anti-Israel rants. He had been required to cease all preaching, teaching and leading of services. Stephen Sizer and other Anglicans, included ones in New Zealand, have supported Naim Ateek’s Sabeel ecumenical centre in Jerusalem which is dedicated to the work of liberating Palestinians. The movement goes to the extent of making Jesus a Palestinian.

Letter to the Editor of the Waikato Times March 18th: “What sort of society gives the W(h)anganui river the legal status of a person . . . and yet denies the same to an unborn child?”

An opinion piece by Narelle Henson at the top of the same page reads: Overhaul of abortion laws overdue. She points out that aborting calves was made illegal three years ago on the basis that it was ‘inhumane.’ She says that science has advanced to the stage where we can now see the contents of the womb and it is obvious that they are individual members of the human species.

IN BRIEF

  • Australia’s third largest Christian denomination, the Uniting Church, has paid out 17 million dollars to child abuse victims. The church says it has had 2054 complaints since it was formed in 1977.
  • The 7th of June marks fifty years since the liberation and reunification of the city of Jerusalem by the Israel Defence Forces. As the jubilee approaches, the Knesset has, for the first time, proposed establishing a government body focused on strengthening the connection between the Jewish State and the Temple Mount, its holiest site. A $550,00 yearly budget will be added to the already existing Western Wall Heritage Fund, establishing the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation. It will be responsible for “research, information and advocacy” about the Jewish connection to the site. This move has generated anger among Palestinian politicians who believed recent efforts by the UN to erase this Jewish connection were successful.
  • China Aid’s 2016 Annual Persecution Report details a seismic shift in the Chinese government’s approach to religious policy that is expected to lead to further persecution. The activities of religious institutions are targeted and then become subject to government oversight, effectively forcing them to fit the agenda of the Chinese Communist Party.
  • Chinese Christians are still attending underground churches despite the risk of persecution. Last year approximately 100 million people throughout China worshipped in these churches.
  • Two Christian street preachers, from the UK and US, were arrested and found guilty for publicly preaching the Bible on the streets of Bristol in July 2016. Their offense was listed as “violating the Crime and Disorder Act” a law which bans speech or behaviour that results in “intentional harassment, alarm or distress” that is “racially or religiously aggravated.” The fine was set at just under $2,500 each. Included in their preaching was that Jesus is the only way to God.
  • In the UK, Islamic books promoting jihad and the killing of gays and adulterers are being sold openly. One book sold at the Madina Book Centre in Birmingham called Bringing up Children in Islam encourages parents to ‘keep alive in the children the spirit of jihad.’ Nobody dares to complain as that would be “Islamophobic.” The book also speaks out against cinema and theatre, arguing they are the work of “evil-minded” Jews before warning of a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world.

When trials come:Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” (James 1:2-3)

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New Lighthouse Trails booklet: Faith under Fire: Are you growing in it or fleeing from it?
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Heresy and Biblical Authority. Jacob Prasch.
Someone asked me about a teaching on body, soul and spirit and psychology. This is discussed at the beginning.
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